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Re: Single Developer, Distributed Development Environment

From: Joerg Hessdoerfer <Joerg.Hessdoerfer_at_sea-gmbh.com>
Date: 2005-11-17 19:17:19 CET


On Thursday 17 November 2005 18:54, Gale, David wrote:
> I was just talking with one of my fellow developers about the project
> she's working on, and how she's not sure subversion is capable of doing
> what she needs it to. I've come up with two answers, which I'll detail
> below; can anyone think of anything better?
> The Problem: She needs to modify the files she's working on through a
> tool that's only available for her Windows desktop, but she can only
> test the modifications once they're on a Unix box. (They're a
> proprietary binary format.)
> Her current workflow is to FTP the file(s) she needs to her box, edit,
> save with an increasing id number, ftp that file/files to the test
> system, test, edit on her machine, ftp, test, etc., until she has a
> working version.
> Possible Solutions:
> Create a branch, switch the testing system, switch her working copy,
> make changes, commit to the branch, update the testing system, test,
> make changes, commit, update, test, etc., and eventually merge back to
> production. Downsides: the repository's revision number would take off,
> she's doing two steps (commit & update) where before she did one (ftp),
> and the repository would be full of non-working versions.
> Or, checkout a working copy to her desktop, make changes, save with an
> increasing id number, ftp to the testing system, test, make changes,
> ftp, test, etc., and commit her working copy once she's got a good
> version. I like this version better, though one thing I like about
> subversion is that you don't need to use ftp anymore, which this process
> wouldn't allow.
> Anyone have any better ideas?
> -David

Errr, yes, why?

Isn't it possible to setup a SAMBA server on the Unix box? This way you'd
avoid the FTPing - just edit the file on the Unix box directly (from the
Windows machine, in case this isn't clear ;-).
Use your favourite SCM (read: SVN) to VC it.
If she can't setup a SAMBA server, what about an SMB client doing it the other
way 'round?

Use SVN over apache as WebDAV server with autoversioning. That'd be easiest
for a workflow, but she would have the version number issue.

Use apache as WebDAV server, to replace the SAMBA in scenario 1.)

These came to mind immediately. Somebody have other ideas?


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